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July 14, 2015 @ 12:00am

Turning 26? What you need to know about health insurance.

The Best 26th Birthday Gift: Finding Your Own Health Insurance Plan

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, adults younger than 26 have the ability to stay under their parents' health insurance plan until their 26th birthday or through their 26th birthday year, depending on the plan.  Unfortunately, when those benefits end, a lot of us are overwhelmed with the prospect of finding and purchasing our own health insurance.  But not to worry -- finding health insurance doesn't have to be an insurmountable task.  By working with an experience agent, you will find you have several options.

Obtain insurance through your employer's plan. Often companies provide several options for coverage.  Talk to your HR department about what they offer. Apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace with the help of your independent insurance agent.  Even if you don't turn 26 during the Open Enrollment period, you can still get coverage through the Special Enrollment period due to your change in age.  Apply up to 60 days before your birthday so when your current coverage ends, there aren't any gaps in -- or stress about -- your insurance.  Through the Marketplace, you'll see health insurance rates that are based upon your income and needs and see if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.  Also, if you're under 30 and budget-conscious, you can explore a "cat

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